Del. day care worker accused of sex assaults

January 16, 2008 9:13:11 AM PST
Milton police have charged a 54-year-old man in the alleged sexual assaults of two children at the day care center where he worked for six years.

Clifford Pettus is charged with two counts of first-degree rape, one count of sexual solicitation of a child and related offenses.

Court records say a mother of a 5-year-old child went to police last week after overhearing Pettus talk to another child about a sexual assault.

Pettus was charged Friday and ordered held at Sussex Correctional Institution on $113,500 bail.

Police said they plan to interview more children at the Shell's 4 Recreation Center day care.

Investigators say a criminal background check was performed before Pettus was hired and nothing was found.

Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,